Workpieces on the robot without corrections
Investing in the new welding robot also inspired JONCKHEERE to start working with offline programming. “At that point we had little knowledge in house, so we started by completing the DTPS training at Valk Welding in Alblasserdam. After that it took not long before we programmed the first products ourselves and welded them with the robot. We were struck by the fact that the programs could be used immediately without corrections, partly due to the Quick Touch wire searching system from Valk Welding,” said Rik Adriaen. “It automatically corrects small irregularities in the position of the weld seam and caused due to deformation.”
Proof of success
The good experiences with Quick Touch and offline programming with DTPS contributed to JONCKHEERE's decision to order an identical system for the Slovak site. “At the moment we are extremely satisfied with this platform and will expand the use of offline programming with DTPS further within the group. The welding quality and high reliability of the welding process have been increased significantly with this weld-seam searching method and automatic correction in the offline programs”, concluded Rik.
Respond to market trends
The investment in welding robots was also inspired by a shortage of manual welders, whilst clients increasingly demand robot quality because of the consistent, high welding quality. “ In addition to the above, it is also a fact that the investment attracts new orders.”
Diederik Schodts emphasised that the success is ultimately determined by close cooperation between designers, engineers, heads of production, the client and the supplier. “Service from the suppliers plays an important role too. We are extremely satisfied with Valk Welding's quick response. Not to mention the fact that they consider all the options together with the client and are presenting solutions during the early explorations. You can see that they have considered every aspect of the welding process. It means that Valk provides a total solution that enables us to strengthen our competitive position.”